This is a guided winter activity holiday with a difference, as we don our snowshoes and head out into remote Swedish Lapland in search of the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis. Snowshoes are the best way to explore here and the technique is easy to master making this the perfect holiday for those new to winter activities. Flying into Kiruna, we head up to the Abisko National Park, 200km north of the Arctic Circle; deep in the land of the Northern Lights. We spend our first night in comfortable chalets at the Abisko Mountain Station, where we meet our knowledgeable guide who will brief us about the coming days. We have a morning to explore Abisko and practice walking on our snowshoes before we head 35km out into the wilderness to the simple, but warm and comfortable, mountain cabins on the shore of frozen Lake Alesjaure; this will be our base for the next 2 nights. There is no road access to the area, so we will arrive by snowmobile pulled sled! High in the still white wilderness, away from civilisation, there is no light pollution to disturb our Aurora watching. With the dark nights and the area's favourable climate on our side, if the solar activity is good, you have a fantastic chance of seeing the Northern Lights from here. Not only are we in the prime location for Aurora spotting, this is also one most celebrated mountain areas in Swedish Lapland. During the days we wrap up warm and head out with our guide to investigate the pristine white landscape, we may even be able to track some of the area's wildlife. After a day out exploring in the snow we will be invited to warm up the Swedish way in the traditional wood sauna, before settling in for another evening of watching the night sky; we should have our warm clothes near by and be ready to run outside at any opportunity! After two nights at the hut we return to Abisko and have an evening free to relax before a day of optional activities with dog sledding, ice climbing or Nordic skiing on offer; those seeking another chance to see the lights may opt to visit the Aurora Sky Station. An excellent way to round off this winter adventure!
Guided snowshoeing in Sweden, suitable for beginners
A REAL winter adventure with two nights at a remote cabin
Free day for optional activities in the Abisko National Park
Great value winter activity holiday, all but one meal included